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Updated: April 14, 2011 21:06 IST

Going Native: City of dreams

NEETI SARKAR
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Thanusha Ruwanthi Perera.
Thanusha Ruwanthi Perera.

Thanusha Ruwanthi Perera is captivated by the beauty of the city

She says all she knew about India before she got here is what she'd imagined the country to be like. “I didn't know for real what to expect, but what I saw when I set foot in Bangalore far surpassed my expectations. This is the city of dreams,” says Sri Lankan student in the city Thanusha Ruwanthi Perera.

Recounting what it was like when she moved here in 2008, Thanusha says: “I was extremely nervous and jittery but with time, everything settled. I was first captivated by the beauty of the place and then by that of the people here. It's such a rich experience living with people who belong to different ethnic groups, who speak different languages, yet co-exist peacefully.”

Quite obviously Bangalore's pleasant weather endeared Thanusha to the city. “But Bangalore is known and loved for so much more. The public transport system is good and the quality of education imparted by the colleges and universities here is phenomenal. There's no reason why someone shouldn't fall in love with such a beautiful city,” she says.

However, she expresses her concern about the loss of green cover. “The development of high rise buildings has posed a serious threat to the environment. It's a pity that Bangalore isn't as green as it used to be.”

Thanusha likes shopping at the malls here, visiting amusement parks like Wonder La, trying out new restaurants as well as visiting parks around the city. Sadly, three months is all she has left in Bangalore. “I've gathered too many memories living in this city that I already am unhappy I won't be able to stay on longer. I'll have to go back to Sri Lanka and though I won't be here physically, my heart will always be in namma Bengaluru,” she concludes.

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